The entire Western Visayas and Negros Island will remain under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 from February 1 to 15, Acting Presidential Spokesman Karlo Nograles announced Sunday, January 30.
The national Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) placed Negros Occidental and Oriental, Aklan, Antique, Bacolod City, Capiz, Iloilo City, Iloilo and Guimaras under Alert Level 3, he said.
The Department of Health (DOH) tagged Negros Occidental and Bacolod City as critical risk areas for COVID-19.
Negros Occidental breached the 3,000 mark with 3,351 active COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the Provincial Incident Management Team (PIMT) reported.
There were 307 new COVID-19 cases and one death recorded in the province, it added.
Bacolod City had 129 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 2,503 active cases on Sunday, the DOH added.
Meanwhile, the National Capital Region and seven provinces will be under Alert Level 2 starting February 1, Nograles said.
The other areas placed under Alert Level 2 are Batanes, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal in Luzon; Biliran and Southern Leyte in the Visayas; and Basilan in Mindanao, he said.
The escalation or de-escalation of alert levels is determined by the area’s two-week growth rate, ADAR, and health care utilization rate, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.*